Postat: 4 iulie
Faulty's scorecard :-
1) Essential purchase2) Recommended purchase3) Recommended purchase during a sale4) Not recommended unless heavily discounted5) Not even recommended for Steam game collectors
Warden Joker here telling you to go buy and play this game immediately
Batman: Arkham Asylum was that unexpected rare treat that every so often comes along along and literally blows the socks off your feet. As licensed games go some are generally just a cut above mediocre cashing in most of their chips on a well loved source material in the hopes of getting the fans the world over to part with their cash. Generally most are hobbled, half-♥♥♥♥♥ affairs that do very little to win over any new fans and wind up disappointing those that are. We see it countless times with game products used to prop up big summer blockbusters and most of us have been burned once already to know well and truly that they should be avoided like the plague...well at least until they hit the bargain bin. This is one of those instances where the trend is bucked because Batman: Arkham Asylum is a resounding success and as far as Batman adventures go is still the ultimate Batman experience in my books so much so that it was in fact my favorite game of 2010.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=471535908
Having recently replayed the Batman: Arkham Asylum in preparation for the release of Arkham Knight I am still amazed at how impressive the game stands up five years down the line. The games visuals are never more than impressive bringing Gotham's notorious prison to vivid life while putting you into the shoes of one of the worlds most famous detectives. It's an entirely thrilling experience that even non-comic book fans should be easily able to relate too and enjoy. While some of us may remember previous Batman games from Konami and SEGA on the NES and SEGA Megadrive fondly; the truth of the matter was they were never particularly good games. Rocksteady, a studio I had never heard of until the release of this game, uses the old 2D platform beat' em ups those earlier Batman incarnations were presented in as a starting point for some of the gameplay except that twenty years down the line - thanks to the awesome Unreal engine and other technology advancements - we are now able to experience thug bashing in full 3D with gorgeous graphics and its never been more satisfying.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=474802390
Using a similar but more refined combat system that was introduced in the first Assassin's Creed game, combat boils down to mostly timing and flow since hit points are racked up provided you can keep up the continuous flow. Miss an incoming hit or doge which is then not countered correctly or simply press your attack button too fast you will end up breaking the combat flow which results in your hit points being reset. The more hit points you rack up the more points become available at your disposal to use on upgrading your items. It's not a complex system but it works and when surrounded by enemies on either side and you are able to execute your timings perfectly Batman will glide across the screen taking out enemies like a hot knife slicing through butter and it is very satisfying to watch. What good would it be being placed in the shoes of a world famous detective while not actually allowing you to do any detective work? Thankfully Rocksteady did not overlook this and most of the game you will actually be in detective mode searching for clues, clues that will tell you where to go next or what to do next. Batman: Arkham Asylum ends up being a perfect marriage of these two genres (beat em up and hidden object) never overly relying on either so that it gets stuck in a rut. Batman: Arkam Asylum also introduces stealth game mechanics into the gameplay at various points and surprisingly it works just as well. In most cases where a game tries to do too much it often ends up being master of neither but here all the different gameplay styles come together perfectly that it becomes incredibly difficult to nit-pick. As an added bonus for you puzzle enthusiasts out there the game world is also littered with trophies hidden by the nefarious and devilishly clever Riddler and will have you scratching your head and giving your grey matter a good workout as you attempt to solve all of them in order to gain a Riddler trophy for your collection.http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=471535082
All of this would be for naught if there wasn't a strong story to prop it up and thankfully Rocksteady brought on Paul Dini, co-creator of Batman: The Animated series who brings along the voice talents of Kevin Controy and Mark Hamil who reprise their animated roles. Mark Hamil as Joker really ends up stealing the show here. It's incredibly hard to believe that this was once the same man who famously played Luke Skywalker in the earlier Star Wars films. Hamil brings so much life and narcotic energy to his role as the Joker that he literally steals every scene he is in. Batman: Arkam Asylum is also the perfect length introducing just the right amount of nemesis's into the mix without going totally overboard and bogging down the story-line. If I have to nit-pick - the boss fights in the game are the only thing that come off less than stellar since most employ exactly the same tactic in order to take them down so it never feels like you are facing a unique foe but rather the same foe with just a different skin (thankfully Arkham City addressed this short coming with its creative boss battles). The game was also originally hobbled with the terrible Games for Windows Live DRM but that has now been replaced with Steamworks integration - and thankfully so because it now comes with Steam achievements for those achievement hunters out there.
For Batman fans this game has been a long time coming and is as near perfect and flawless as any game I have ever encountered. It is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the previous generation of games to come out on PC and console and it still looks incredible, plays well and is an all-round smashing success. If you are one of the last few who have not given the game a go yet I highly urge you to do so - I promise you won't be disappointed.
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